By Charlie Crowley, Sports Editor
Image Courtesy of Andris Visockis
The Aquinas Saints’ track teams are off to a roaring start. After a successful cross country seasons in the fall, the already powerful distance runners have joined with their track counterparts to form two teams that are tough to beat. After three indoor meets this year, the women have finished first, second and first, while the men’s team has finished second, second, and first. Junior sprinter Jason Tran spoke of the team’s early successes this season.
“We do a lot more team bonding stuff this year. We have a lot more leadership,” he said. “Everyone’s working together and pushing each other.”
The pushing has definitely shown. Both teams are ranked nationally; as of Jan. 26, the men’s team is ranked 13th while the women’s team sits at ninth.
Individually, both teams have multiple qualifiers for nationals. Junior Curtis Bell currently sits first in the nation at pole vault, after breaking the school record by clearing 16’7.25. he was joined on the road to nationals by sophomore Scott Berzley, who posted a height of 15’7. Freshman Nate McKeown hit the national ‘A’ standard in the high jump after his jump of 6’8.25. McKeown’s jump put him at third all time in the Saints’ record book. On the women’s side, junior distance runner Adri Sigafoose qualified in both the 1000 and 5000 meters after posting times of 5:04.68 in the 5000 and 3:01.19 in the 1000. Her time in the 1000 was a personal best. Joining Sigafoose in the distance category is senior Kathy Middaugh, who has hit the ‘B’ standard for nationals in the 3000 meters.
Although some Saints have already hit the standard for nationals, Tran noted that there’s always room for improvement.
“It’s part of that team aspect again, where everyone’s pushing each other to always do better. You never want to settle for what you have or what you got or less. You always want one step more.
The Saints are back in action this coming weekend on Feb. 10 with the Grand Valley Big Meet, and their own Aquinas Little Meet. The Grand Valley meet is slated to start at 10 a.m., and the Aquinas meet at 5 p.m. Make sure to follow the Saints as they continue with the quest for nationals.
About the writer:
Charlie Crowley is a senior studying political science and journalism.He is The Saint‘s Sports Editor. He spends most of his time sleeping, eating, and on Reddit. He’s also a Hoosier, and proud of it, but can’t hit the open three to save his life.